Competing with Big Players

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-04-16 Print this article Print

Will clustering make MySQL more competitive with companies such as IBM, Oracle Corp. and Microsoft Corp.? We dont compete directly with them. Were in the commodity database market, where the needs are much simpler. In many big companies, we co-exist with Oracle or IBM. If an organization really needs all the features of Oracle, they should buy Oracle. But if they dont … I believe that a company should use the best tool for the job. Click here for Oracles response to MySQLs entry into the world of clustering.
By adding clustering, MySQL will be a better tool for a lot of new applications, solutions. A big enterprise company will always need a big stack of tools for the different work that needs to be done. We certainly see that MySQL will be part of an enterprise toolset, but we dont think it will be a general replacement for proprietary database offerings for every customer. Most of our customers are using a wide range of databases to solve different kind of problems, and I dont think that MySQL Cluster will change that.
What tools is MySQL coming out with to work with MySQL clusters? MySQL Administrator, that we just released, is a new graphical tool that includes support for maintaining clustering, and we are actively working on extending that capability. We are also working with a number of third-party companies to get even more tools. At the conference this week, you could see MySQL working with products from Veritas [Software Corp.], from Quest Software [Inc.], from [Silicon Graphics Inc.] and others. We also announced a new partner program to make it even easier for companies to work with and support MySQL. Click here to read how MySQL is tweaking its license to accommodate ISVs. Next page: Widenius lays out MySQLs features roadmap.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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